GOLDEN AGE PRESERVATION PROJECT
Anyone who knows Ron is well aware of his feelings over the loss of our heritage from the early era of mass distribution, whether it be classic television series or comic books. For years, Ron has been pushing to animate the missing Doctor Who episodes where audio tracks exist, for example.
Another issue though is the fact that Golden Age comics are so rare, there is no way for everyone interested in them to own a copy. Many who share Ron's passion have taken to scanning the images and distributing public domain books, but this does not make these classics available to the masses. By using modern Kindle conversion technology, Ron is now seeking to make these original masterpieces available to a much broader audience.
Publications are from collected scans of public domain material. Ron has not scanned any of these books - he simply collected scans made by others and converted them to Kindle format. In each instance, Ron has used the best scan he can find, but occasionally the scans are less than perfect. The price of each comic is set as the minimum per sale value allowable by Amazon for these publications.
Amazing-Man (John Aman) is an American comic book superhero whose adventures were published by Centaur Publications during the 1930s to 1940s in the Golden Age of Comic Books. Historians credit his creation to Bill Everett together with Centaur art director Lloyd Jacquet. The character influenced the creation and origin of Charlton Comics' 1960s superhero Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, as well as Marvel Comics Iron Fist character in the 1970s.
As was common practice during the period, Amazing-Man Comics did not have an issue #1. In fact, the series began with issue #5.
Mystery Men Comics was published by Fox Feature Syndicate from August of 1939 to February of 1942. It is most well-known for introducing the character of Dan Garret, the original Golden Age Blue Beetle.
Whiz Comics was published by Fawcett Publishing between 1940 and 1953. It is best known for the first appearance of Captain Marvel, aka, Shazam.
As was common practice during the period, Whiz Comics did not have an issue #1. In fact, the series began with issue #2, and there were two different issue #3s. There were two black and white ashcan issues released in advance of the series titled Flash Comics and Thrill Comics (with Captain Marvel called "Captain Thunder") which are considered by many as alternate variants of the first issue of the series.
GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK
There is a massive library of Golden Age comic books out there - a great percentage of them are in the public domain. But it is an aimless arrow of collecting and converting them into Kindle format without some kind of guidance system.
This is your opportunity to help guide the process - let Ron know what books you would like to personally see in this archive. If you have a series or comic that you have a preference for seeing, send Ron a message giving him an idea of what you would like to see converted next.
This is everyone's project who wants to be a part of it. Won't you offer your input?